Attributed to Vittore Carpaccio
- Vittore Carpaccio
- Madonna and Child
- oil on panel
- 29 1/2 by 22 3/4 in.; 75 by 57.8 cm.
Analysis of the under-drawing of the present work (fig. 2) strongly suggests the design derives from a cartoon, which is now lost. The success and popularity of the cartoon must have been significant for at least two works derive from it, beside the aforementioned Eisler picture: an anonymous Madonna and Child, now lost, which was formerly associated with Cima da Conegliano and whose background landscape differs considerably from the present work;3 a smaller panel in the Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge Mass., which shows a different window on to the landscape, which Heinemann attributes to Lattanzio da Rimini.4 Neither of these works matches the quality of the present panel, however, which despite its current appearance, appears at least as close to the work of Carpaccio as the lost Vienna panel.
1. V. Sgarbi, Carpaccio, New York 1995, p. 234, cat. no. 54, reproduced.
2. G. Perocco, L'opera completa del Carpaccio, Milan 1966, p. 94, cat. no. 21, reproduced.
3. P. Humfrey, Cima da Conegliano, Cambridge 1983, pp. 193-94, cat. no. 238, reproduced plate 201a.
4. F. Heinemann, Giovanni Bellini e i belliniani, Venice 1962, vol. I, p. 112, cat. no. S.162, reproduced vol. II, fig. 299.